“I can’t go back. And I don’t want to. ‘Cause all my mistakes, they brought me to you.” – The Avett Brothers
Next week will mark the anniversary of the first time we ever made contact with each other, talking on the phone for 2 hours the night before my job interview at your news station. The first time I saw you during my first week at WPDE, I began falling for you. We never knew what would be in store for us: maybe a wedding, maybe a child of our own. Never did we think cancer.
Though, not nearly as serious as cancer, you’ve been there for me through my times of illness and pain; which is no easy task because I know I become a giant-sized baby when I’m sick or down. Your compassion doesn’t start and end with me. You’ve always taken the time and made the effort to help your family, my family, our friends, and the strangers you meet. The world is much better with you here.
The weeks of February are now special to me because it was this time of year in 2008 that began the series of events that lead me to you. It was a move meant to boost my career, but ended up being the move that changed my life. Almost 10 years later, here we are, fighting a life-threatening disease, but still together, nonetheless. Many people would’ve tapped out at the first sign of cancer. But you and I, we’re not easily tripped up. What we have can’t be snuffed by illness, injury or conflict. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t want this happening to you. Still, I am grateful for this chance to demonstrate my dedication to you, and my belief in your unshakeable abilities to stomach the hardships you face, just as you’ve done for many others.
You may feel weak, but you are still my rock. You may feel tired, but you’re still my incitation. You may feel discouraged, but you are still my inspiration. You may feel loved, and that’s because you are.
So today, we’ll celebrate your endurance, your vitality, and your ability to touch other lives. We’ll celebrate ten years of you and I being a part of each other’s lives. And, we’ll celebrate the amazing progress you’ve made during your two months of treatment.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Angelica. I’ll love you forever.